Tour of the BBC

BBC Portland PlaceRuth Schofield, our Thursday receptionist, recently went up to London for a tour of the BBC. She kindly agreed to write an article for us telling us all about her visit.


I only found out recently that it is possible (as the website says) to step inside the exciting world of broadcasting! A few weeks ago 3 friends and I took the tour to find out what goes on behind the scenes of the broadcasting most of us see or hear every day from the heart of the BBC. The 2 guides who took us round in a group of about 25 were most entertaining and informative.

We saw the huge newsroom where stories from around the world are added and brought almost instantly to our screens and radios. The tours can vary depending what is happening on any given day but we were able to visit the studio which is home to “The One Show” and we sat on the famous sofa where many famous celebrities and personalities have been interviewed and we had the opportunity to take our photos. (Photography is permitted on most parts of the tour)

We also had a chance to try our hand at reading the news and weather reports from a pre-prepared autocue.

We heard how BBC Radio drama is made and volunteers had a go at making a mini radio play complete with music and sound effects.

The BBC website gives full details of the tours on offer and information about accessibility. Tours last bout 1hr 30m and cost an average of £14 each, carers go free of charge when accompanying a person with a disability.

You can find out more information on the BBC’s shows and tours page.